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CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
E-mail: melvin-shaw@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

UI part of town hall meeting to mark 50th anniversary of human rights document

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's Global Focus: HR '98 program and 18 area community organizations will host an Iowa City town hall meeting Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street. The free and public event will be held in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The town hall meeting is part of a national campaign begun by The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York. The event is also being held to advance the principles outlined in the declaration, says Dorothy M. Paul, executive director for programs at the Iowa City division of the United Nations Association-USA. More than 100 organizations representing 100 million Americans will celebrate the historic day, Paul says. On Dec. 10, 1948, 60 delegates from various countries signed the Declaration that was subsequently adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.

The event will feature personal stories, music, and poetry and persons from throughout the community who will read and offer comments about the declaration.

Town Hall Meeting sponsors are: Agudas Achim Congregation, the Association of Campus Ministers, Faith United Church of Christ, Global Focus: HR '98, First United Methodist Church, Human Rights Iowa City, the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, the "Iowa City Press-Citizen," the UI Amnesty-International-USA, the UI International and Comparative Legal Studies program, the UI Labor Center, Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City, the League of Women Voters of Johnson County, Lutheran Campus Ministry/Old Brick, Riverside Theatre, the United Nations Association-USA Iowa Division, and the UNA-USA Johnson County Chapter.

For more information about the event, contact Dorothy M. Paul, (319) 337-7290.

12/7/98